The 2020 Presidential Race: The fight has just begun

Austin Lampky, Staff Writer

 

There are only nine months until the 2020 U.S. presidential election, and the clock is ticking closer and closer to the big day.

The current slate of presidential hopefuls has drastically narrowed since the beginning of the year. The Democratic Party has experienced a large shake-up, with only eight candidates of the original 28 making it to the New Hampshire presidential primary. 

The Republican Party has also undergone some changes in their race, even though only four originally entered. Currently, incumbent President Donald Trump is leading the polls, but former Massachusetts Governor, Bill Weld, is looking to replace  the presumptive nominee. 

On Feb. 18, USA Today reported that Vermont governor Phil Scott, had endorsed Weld. 

“I’ve met with him before. I think a lot of him and his platform, so I [will] be supporting him,” said Scott.

The caucuses for both parties launched in Iowa on Feb. 3. Things got off to a rocky start, with many news outlets highlighting the messy nature of the primaries. MSN described the event as a “disaster,” and Channel 3000 called it the “Iowa Muddle.” 

The Chicago Tribune described in an article that Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, had requested a “recount,” and related the debacle as follows: “The caucuses were roiled by significant issues in collecting and reporting data from individual precincts on caucus night. There were also errors in the complicated mathematical equations used to calculate the results in individual caucus sites that became evident as the party began to release caucus data throughout the week.”

According to CNN, South Bend, Indiana’s former Mayor, Pete Buttigieg, led the polls in Iowa, having accumulated a total of 14 Democratic delegates, while Sanders took second place, with 12. Three other candidates, including Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, all had less than 10 delegates. Billionaire Tom Steyer, former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg, and Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii received no delegates in Iowa.

The results for Steyer, Bloomberg, and Gabbard were the same as in the New Hampshire primaries, where they also failed to gain any delegate support. Biden, and Warren were also unable to gain a single delegate. Klobuchar had more success and managed to gain six delegates. Despite this, she could not pass Sen. Sanders or Buttigeig, each of whom gained nine. Sanders was able to edge out Buttigeig in the popular vote, and was thus considered the victor. 

The Republican Party’s results from Iowa and New Hampshire were much more consistent with predictions. President Trump won both states, accruing a total of 61 delegates between them. Weld stands much lower in the same polls, with a single delegate from New Hampshire backing him at the moment. 

The remaining 46 states have yet to cast their votes for candidates in the primary races. Most will hold their primaries and caucuses over the coming months, many of which will occur on the famous Super Tuesday, which will take place on Mar. 3. 

Washington State holds its primary on Mar. 10, when 89 Democratic, and 43 Republican delegates will cast their votes. For those seeking information on other states, voters can get a quick look on CNN’s website; which offers an interactive map, up-to-date coverage, and thorough breakdowns of the primary results.  

 

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